Trump advisor Jason Miller says defeating Liz Cheney is ‘one of the highest priorities’

President Joe Biden (C) greets Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) with a fist bump before addressing a joint session of congress in the House chamber of the US Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.
President Joe Biden (C) greets Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) with a fist bump before addressing a joint session of congress in the House chamber of the US Capitol April 28, 2021.

  • Trump advisor Jason Miller pointed out Liz Cheney as a top political target of the former president.
  • Cheney faces the loss of her leadership role in the House and a tough GOP primary challenge in 2022.
  • The No. 3 House Republican refuses to waver from her criticism of Trump’s continued election lies.
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A top advisor for former President Donald Trump said unseating House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming in her 2022 GOP primary election was a top priority of the former president, according to the Washington Post.

Trump senior advisor Jason Miller told the Post in a recent interview that the former president’s political advisors have already begun to call contacts in Wyoming to field potential Republican primary challengers to Cheney.

Miller said defeating Cheney was “one of the highest priorities as far as primary endorsements go.”

The Post also reported that Trump met with advisors in Florida earlier this week to review 2022 endorsements; the former president pledged to support one GOP challenger to avoid splitting the “anti-Cheney” vote in a divided field.

Cheney has increasingly found herself on the outs within her caucus as she continues to criticize Trump for refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election that he lost to President Joe Biden.

After the November election, Trump spent months attempting to overturn the election results in a number of key states, including Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. His campaign team lost nearly every major court battle.

Cheney has chastised Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot, accusing him of feeding the insurrectionists with lies about the election results.

The conservative congresswoman, who’s the No. 3 Republican in the House, was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” in his second impeachment trial.

Read more: The House’s history-making top security official talked with Insider about his plan to reopen the Capitol and ensure it will ‘never, ever be breached again’ after the January 6 attack

Cheney received the backing of her caucus to keep her leadership role in a February vote, but she will almost certainly face a vote to remove her as conference chair next week.

GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who tried to overturn the election results earlier this year, is a leading candidate to succeed Cheney.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, both strong Trump allies, have abandoned support for Cheney’s continued tenure in leadership.

Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Cheney from his newly launched blog.

“Warmonger Liz Cheney, who has virtually no support left in the Great State of Wyoming, continues to unknowingly and foolishly say that there was no Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election when in fact, the evidence, including no Legislative approvals as demanded by the US Constitution, shows the exact opposite,” he wrote.

The Post on Wednesday published an op-ed written by Cheney, where she argued that it was imperative for the GOP to adhere to the rule of law and lashed out at the former president.

“The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution,” she wrote. “We Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality.”

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Trump eyes visit to US-Mexico border soon but is waiting for Biden to fail first, former aide says

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Former President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020.

  • Trump may visit the US-Mexico border “soon,” former senior adviser Jason Miller said in a podcast.
  • He is waiting for Biden to “go and fail on his own” before he makes the trip, Miller said.
  • Trump has previously criticized Biden for the “dangerous” surge of migrants at the border.
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Former President Donald Trump is considering visiting the US-Mexico border but is waiting for President Joe Biden to “fail on his own” first, former aide Jason Miller said in a podcast on Friday.

Miller, a senior adviser on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, was asked whether Trump was going to head to the border imminently to address the surge of migrants waiting to be let into the US, the Independent reported.

“We discussed that recently, I could see him doing that soon,” Miller said on “The Michael Berry Show” podcast.

The former president is holding off on the trip, for now, Miller said. He is intent on waiting for Biden to “go and fail on his own before he goes and steps in on that,” the former aide added.

“I think there’s a very fine line between calling someone out on policies and then appearing to do something that’s showboating or give Joe Biden an opportunity to point and say, ‘See this isn’t serious, look at President Trump down at the border making a scene out of this’,” Miller also said in the podcast, reported the Independent.

“So not immediately but I could see a trip at some point in the future here,” Miller went on. “But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about.”

On Saturday night, Trump directly addressed a potential visit to the US-Mexico border, saying in a Fox News interview that “a lot of people” want him to go.

Asked by Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro when he plans to make the trip down to the border, Trump did not give a specific date.

“Over the next couple of weeks,” he said. “The Border Patrol wants me to go. Probably over the next couple of weeks. I don’t think there’s a rush for me to go.”

Thousands of migrants have traveled to the border in recent months, with an unprecedented number waiting to be allowed into the US.

US officials have attributed the rush of immigrants to the Biden administration’s “more humane” immigration policy.

Biden has tried to stress that there is nothing unique about the border surge. “I like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy, but it’s not, it’s happened every year,” Biden said during his first solo press conference. “The reason they’re coming is it’s the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying because of the heat in the desert.”

Trump, however, has been vocal in his opposition to the new immigration agenda. In a statement earlier this month, the former president referred to the “spiraling tsunami at the border” as “dangerous.”

In his interview with Pirro on Saturday, Trump called the influx of migrants at the border a “dangerous situation” and tore into the immigration policies put forth by the Biden administration.

“This is going to destroy our country,” he said.

“We have potentially millions of people coming up over a fairly short period of time. And these are people that in a large way are not people we want in our country,” he added, once again referring to migrants as “murderers” and “rapists.”

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Former top strategist Jason Miller says Trump is happy after leaving the White House and glad not to be on Twitter

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President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One as they arrive at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 20, 2021.

Jason Miller, Donald Trump’s former campaign strategist, said in an interview with The Times of London that the ex-president “feels happier” than he did in the White House and is glad not to be on social media anymore.

After leaving office, Miller’s picture of Trump’s mood is contradicted by other reports coming out of the president’s post-presidency home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.  

One source close to the president told The Daily Beast last week that the former president is so frustrated by being banned from Twitter that he is writing out insults and tweets and trying to get aides to send them. 

Yet Miller insisted that Trump is the most relaxed he’s seen him. 

“This was the first time in years that I saw the president truly relaxed,” he told the Times. “Only 45 other people in US history have experienced what it is like to have the world on their shoulders . . . and to be able to exhale, knowing that it’s not all on you for the first time in four years.”

Miller worked with Trump as a communications advisor during his successful 2016 presidential campaign and took on a senior strategist role in Trump’s unsuccessful reelection campaign last year. 

In the interview, Miller also addressed Trump’s second impeachment trial to convict the president on charges that he incited an insurrection by goading supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6. 

 “There is no real scenario in which he is going to be convicted, so the pressure is completely off,” Miller told the publication of the impeachment trial. 

Miller said that he believes his former boss “would like to” run for the presidency again in 2024. 

He warned Republicans that if they vote to convict Trump, he could gear up plans to start a third party and tear apart the GOP.  

“There hasn’t been any active planning for a third party and it will remain that way,” said Miller. “The only way it could become more serious is if Republican senators were to vote to convict President Trump.

“I don’t think Republican senators want to tear the party apart, so let’s go and dismiss this second impeachment witch- hunt.”

Republican lawmakers are reportedly concerned that if they oppose Trump, he could turn his supporters against them and back primary challengers to oust them from office. 

Unlike other former presidents, who keep a relatively low profile after leaving office, Trump has spoken out to praise allies in the GOP as he seeks to retain his hold over the party and mitigate the prospects of an impeachment conviction.

Among them is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who Trump has expressed support for as she comes under pressure for past comments supporting bizarre right-wing conspiracy theories and violence against Democrats. 

He is also reportedly determined to take revenge on Republicans who’ve turned against him, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the 3rd most powerful Republican in Congress, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the January 13 House of Representatives vote. 

Miller said Trump remains the most powerful force in Republican politics. 

“It’s not even close. He is the one who has remade the party and brought new people in,” said Miller.

“The Republican Party now shares his ideals when it comes to trade, foreign policy, and being an inclusive party that saw record African-American and Latino support.”

 

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